This is probably a typical story. The neighbor of a neighbor learned we are keeping bees, so they called to offer up their old woodenware since they quit keeping bees a few years back. Of course the reason they quit is that mites (I'm guessing varoa) killed their hives. We picked up the boxes. Some look good - some look like good kindling. My question is, is there a standard to follow to fumigate (or whatever)used boxes to make sure I don't introduce something bad into my healthy hives?
[This message has been edited by dougn (edited June 10, 2002).]
Contact your local beekeeping organization, some get into groups and have their equipment irradiated together. Works great, but timing is everything.
I read that you can use a propane torch to lightly scorch (not burn or char) the inside of the hive body, bottom, cover etc. You could try this if you are unable to have them radiated.